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PROviding new insighT into INteractions between soil fUnctions and Structure

Objective

The PROTINUS proposal assembles a multi-disciplinary team to combine advanced, applied and theoretical research to create a new standard in imaging, analysing, modelling and predicting the interactions between soil structure and soil functions. Soil structure impacts a whole range of services soil renders to ecosystems, including for example contaminant filtering, carbon storage, root growth, and microbiological diversity.

By using modern imaging, image analysis and modelling techniques, we will develop an integrated approach to perform experiments in soil physics, bio-chemistry, to reconstruct soil structure in 3D and to model soil processes. The evaluated models will be used for predicting the different services soil renders to ecosystems in a dynamic way and for testing classical theory, where soil structure is not directly taken into account. To do so we will bring together the theoretical and practical expertise of the involved researchers, infrastructure of the partnering institutes, soil samples and databases.

The first stage will investigate today’s best practise in experimental soil science and imaging, data analysis and modelling. Our findings will enable our second stage approach where synergies between the different disciplines will be explored. The third stage will provide the cornerstone of a new unified methodology meant to modify practise and outcomes of current experimental/imaging, analysis and modelling approaches. Our final stage will look at the changes brought to each of the specific research area’s practises and how it impacts the understanding of soil structure and its functions.

It is expected that our proposal will foster bilateral collaborations within Europe and with our overseas partners through local and international funding, shared database and infrastructure management, and lead to the creation of a sustainable international network of researchers, infrastructure and institutes.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/databases
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/application software/simulation software
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/soil science
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
Address
Boulevard De Dunkerque 44 Cs 90009
13572 Marseille
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 36 000

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE
France
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Cours Leopold 34
54052 Nancy Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 27 000
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NOVITOM SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 4 500
Address
1 Place Firmin Gautier
38000 Grenoble
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 22 500
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES
France
EU contribution
€ 22 500
Address
621, Avenue Centrale
38401 Saint Martin D'heres
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (5)

THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
New Zealand
Address
Princes Street 24
1010 Auckland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE NEW ZEALAND INSTITUTE FOR PLANT AND FOOD RESEARCH LIMITED
New Zealand
Address
Mount Albert Road 120 Mount Albert Research Centre
1025 Auckland
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO
Mexico
Address
Torre De Rectoria 9º. Piso, Ciudad Universitaria, D.f.
04510 Mexico Distrito Federal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SAITAMA UNIVERSITY
Japan
Address
255 Shimo Okubo
338 8570 Sakura Ku Saitama
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION KUMAMOTO UNIVERSITY
Japan
Address
2-39-1 Kurokami
8608555 Chuo Ku Kumamoto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments